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No Winners Announced for 6th Kyoto Animation Awards

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Studio adds "Animation DO Special Award" for 1st time this year

The official website of the anime studio Kyoto Animation (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Lucky Star, K-ON!) announced the results of the sixth Kyoto Animation Award program on Friday. However, the studio awarded no grand prizes, no Animation DO Special Award prizes, and no honorable mentions in the manga, scenario, or novel categories. This is the first year that the awards have added an "Animation DO Special Award" in all three categories.

The judges committee thanked creators for submitting their works but said they could select no winning works in those categories after reviewing the submissions. Kyoto Animation offered 1 million yen (about US$8,200) grand prizes, 300,000 yen (US$2,400) prizes for the Animation DO Special Award, and 100,000 yen (US$820) honorable mention prizes in this year's awards.

Last year the Violet Evergarden novel won the grand prize in the novel category, and the Santa Claus no Tomodachi (Santa Claus' Friend) and Kinō no Koi wa Kyō no Yume (Yesterday's Love is Today's Dream) novels received an honorable mention. No grand prizes or honorable mentions were awarded in the scenario or manga categories. Last year marked the first year that any work won a grand prize in any of the three categories.

For the fourth awards in 2013, three novels were honored in the honorable mention category, but no other awards were given out. No winners were awarded in the third awards in 2012.

Previous honorable mention recipients in the contest's history have been animated despite not winning the grand prize. The honorable mention works that have been animated include Chū-2 Byō Demo Koi ga Shitai!, Free! (originally known as High Speed!), and Kyōkai no Kanata. Kyoto Animation's imprint also published O-Yashiki to Coppelia by 1st Kyoto Animation Award honorable mention recipient Mutsuki Ichinose, and later his novelization of Kyoto Animation's Tamako Market anime.

Kyoto Animation announced the award program in 2009 and offered 300,000-yen (about US$3,600 at the time) grand prizes and 100,000-yen honorable mention prizes in novel, manga, and scenario (script treatment) categories. In the first year, the rules noted that popular winning entries were to have had a chance at being animated by Kyoto Animation, but the rules for the second year did not mention this possibility.

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